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From top left, clockwise: Dilshan Benaragama, Natasha Jacobson, Leslie Redmond and Joanne Thiessen Martens

A new crop of academics join the Faculty

September 30, 2022 — 

Four new academic members joined the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in the last several months. Click on the links below to learn more about them.

Dilshan Benaragama

Dilshan Benaragama joined the Department of Plant Science as an Assistant Professor and industry research chair in Crop Protection (Weed Science) from May 1, 2022. Dilshan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and then moved to Canada to attend the University of Saskatchewan for his graduate degrees in weed science. Dilshan described how a fascination with wild plants led him to study weeds in hopes of developing integrated management strategies.

Leslie Redmond

Leslie RedmondLeslie Redmond joined the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences as Assistant Professor in Food, Culture and Health on July 1, 2022. Leslie pursued her studies in the United States, and comes to us from the University of Alaska where she was an assistant professor in dietetics and nutrition. Leslie shared how a summer internship made her realize that she wanted to work directly with minoritized communities to help overcome barriers to good health and nutrition.

Joanne Thiessen Martens

Joanne Thiessen MartensJoanne Thiessen Martens joined the Department of Soil Science as Assistant Professor in Soil Chemistry and Fertility on August 1, 2022. Joanne was one of the first students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agroecology at the University of Manitoba, and just recently completed her PhD here. She is fascinated by interactions in the entire ecosystem, from soil microbes to the whole landscape.

Natasha Jacobson

Natasha JacobsonNatasha Jacobson joined the Department of Biosystems Engineering (co-located in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Price Faculty of Engineering) as Instructor II on July 1, 2022. She graduated with her PhD in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and has since had experiences ranging from sustainable building design to neurodegeneration research. Natasha instructs first year and fourth year students, and using hands-on, impactful design projects, hopes to help students discover where an engineering degree can lead them.

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